Well, it’s official! A personal goal has been reached. It started with a vision which lead to a sketch and has now become a reality. Wow! What a feeling. As you know I love everything and anything to do with fashion but I’ve always dreamt of being a creator, a fashion designer. I took a few fashion illustration classes in grad school and enjoyed it but never mastered the skill in my mind. But then I realized the sketch for a design is all about a concept and doesn’t have to be perfect. Below is my initial sketch for the dress you see me wearing. I love anything leather-like. It makes me feel empowered. And I love lace because it’s so feminine.
I posted this sketch on Instagram one day over a year ago and a manufacturing company had messaged me stating if I ever wanted to produce this look to give them a call. Now, I don’t know how many of you believe in things happening for a reason but I sure think that way. Rather than thinking they’re just reaching out to me because they want to make money, I decided to view it as an opportunity. Not necessarily meaning that I need to mass produce this design but I should definitely produce at least one and give it a shot; bring my sketch to reality. I put lots of thought into the details of this dress and who I could reach out to that has the skills to help me. I took a few sewing classes but not enough for me to feel confident in constructing something like this so I reached out to an old friend, Allison Dittebrand. I hadn’t seen her in years but because of the power of Facebook I’ve been able to keep up with her life and knew that she went to fashion design school. I chatted with her and we decided that yes, she could do it. We went over the details and what it would cost to produce something like this. Well, at the time I didn’t have any additional income to spend on something like this but I was blessed enough to have someone in my life that believed in me and what I was wanting to do. She gifted me a check to cover the expenses for this and her name is LeAnn. Talk about an overwhelming feeling of having someone believe in you enough to help a dream come true. So, LeAnn if you’re reading this, you have NO idea what that meant to a gal like me.
Things started to get real for me. Okay, this is supposed to happen. So here is the reality of what goes into producing a custom dress made from patterns that you can’t buy at a JoAnn’s. Allison fit all the different pieces to fit my actual body and then had to produce two different sample dresses; one to see if the item fit my body properly and the second to see if the type of fabrics I wanted to use would work properly together. She was PHENOMENAL and she put a lot of hours into making this happen.
Unfortunatley, Allison did what she could but got very busy with school and wasn’t going to be able to finish it very soon and suggested maybe I try doing the final dress. I loved that she felt I could do that but I wanted to leave that to a professional ha ha! But thank you Alli!! I was asking around town seeing if anyone knew of a person that could do something like this. I had all the things that were needed to complete it; fabric, pattern and me! And what do you know, my dear friend Andi Roberts mentioned that her mother, Sheila Roberts knew how to sew but she didn’t live here. I was bummed but wasn’t giving up just yet. Well guess what ended up happening? Sheila moved to Marietta and I got to talk to her about my dress and she was confident in being able to construct the final dress for me. Hallelujah!! I was overwhelmed with excitement and couldn’t get over how the universe, God or whomever you believe in was allowing these little doors to open to make this happen for me. I have a faith in God and I knew it had to do with him allowing a dream of mine to come true. Well listen to this…it gets even more exciting! My wonderful friend and makeup artist, Tonya Winebrenner fell in love with my dress and wanted to be part of this special vision of mine. She did my makeup in these photos and nailed it! I told her my vision and she rocked my world with her skill. Hair and all!
The final portion of this story is behind who took my photos. Her name is Kelsey Preston and I met her through social media of all things. I follow her and her husband who is also a local fashion influencer on instagram, Ashton Preston. We would comment on each other’s photos but nothing much more than being friendly through comments. I got a message one day from Kelsey asking if I would ever be interested in letting her test a new lens for her camera on me and how she would enjoy photographing a female fashion lover. I jumped at the opportunity because 1. I think she’s pretty awesome and I enjoy following her on Instagram. 2. What a perfect opportunity to get my dress photographed! Divine intervention? I think so lol❤️
I share all of this with you because of course I’m celebrating and happy that I achieved a goal of mine. But I also hope you are inspired and realize that when you have a goal or dream, watch for signs, believe in yourself and never give up. Persevere.
I chose the fabrics I did because behind every darkness in your life there lies a rainbow. So when life has you down look for those glimpses of light that can turn into your personal rainbow.
Your Faithful Dreamer,